It’s almost 2013! Can you believe it? Unfortunately whether you can or can’t is irrelevant because it’s coming and it’s time to celebrate. That is, if the world doesn’t end this Friday. Some believe that 2013 is going to be an unlucky year, but for most of us the coming of 2013 is just another reason to have some fun with good friends. That’s why it’s our job to let you know what are the best places to go in the Tampa Bay area this New Year’s Eve 2013.

Monday, December 31st 2012:

Family Friendly Events:

Florida Aquarium’s Aqua-Eve

Florida Aquarium, Downtown Tampa

9:00pm – 1:00am

Splash in the New Year by celebrating at The Florida Aquarium’s Aqua-Eve! Guests will enjoy fantastic entertainment, complimentary food, beer and wine; and a champagne toast with the best view in town for an amazing fireworks display over the channel at midnight! All exhibits will be open.

Get more information or buy tickets here.

Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade & Band Blast

Ybor City

Event starts at 5:30pm

Ybor City is the site of this festive celebration featuring the Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade and a pep rally by the college marching bands and cheerleaders. The parade will feature floats and twenty marching bands! The Parade runs along 7th Avenue.

Note: Be there early, the streets will fill up and parking can become difficult.

Lowry Park Zoo’s Noon Year’s Eve

Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ring in the New Year family style at the annual “Noon” Year’s Eve daytime celebration hosted by the Zoo and Radio Disney AM 1380. The party begins when the Zoo opens with games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational displays and more. Families can ring in the New Year with noisemakers, hats and a juice toast as they watch the clock strike 12 NOON. Activities are included with Zoo admission.

Get more information here.


All-Night Events: (Tampa)

Jackson’s New Year’s Eve 2013

Jackson’s Bistro, Harbor Island, Tampa

9:00pm – 3:00am

Note: Jackson’s is very busy on New Year’s Eve and we recommend getting there early. There will also probably be a cover charge so prepare for that. Parking can sometimes be an issue so if you can take a cab.

Get more information here.

6th Annual Black & White NYE

Martini Republic, Downtown Tampa

9:00pm -3:00am

  • Red Carpet / Paparazzi Entrance
  • Midnight Champagne ToastLive Ball Drop & Confetti
  • Indoor & Outdoor Balloon Drop
  • Incredible Sound, Entertainment, and Decorations
  • Complimentary Door Gifts & Party Supplies


Pre Sale $15 Girls / $20 Guys
At Door $20 Girls / $25 Guys (If Available)

Buy tickets for this event here.

New Years Eve 2013 Celebration is the 10th Annual “Light up Tampa Bay”

Fireworks start at Midnight

Channelside will “Light Up Tampa Bay” on New Year’s Eve with live entertainment and a midnight Fireworks Show and Ball Drop along the downtown Tampa waterfront. Enjoy the many restaurants and night spots at Channelside.

The 2013 Channelside New Years Celebration is a FREE event and is open to the public. Arrive early so you can get the perfect spot picked out to watch the fireworks over the Bay.

Get more information here.

Rooftop Eve 2013

Hyde Park, Tampa

The Rooftop Eve is a Tampa New Year’s Eve tradition taking place in a dazzling setting atop Hyde Park Village.  This one of a kind New Year’s Eve celebration will feature an all-inclusive open bar, live entertainment, VIP service, and more with beautiful views of the Tampa skyline and all the midnight fireworks.

Tickets are $125 in advance

Get more information on this event here.

The Round Up Country & Western Club

13918 West Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL 33635

8:00pm – 3:00am

Bring in the new year at the Round Up! $12 Sink or Swim or $45 All you can drink Top Shelf! Balloon Drop, Champagne & More!

Call (813) 855-1464  for more information.


Events in St.Petersburg:

First Night St. Pete 2013

Multiple Venues, Downtown St. Petersburg

Event starts at 5:00pm

A citywide, family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in Downtown St. Pete featuring tons of live entertainment, fireworks, and more. Activities such as crafting New Years Eve hats, a musical petting zoo, a bonfire and ice skating will keep everyone entertained.

Price: $10

Get more information on this event here.

2013 New Year’s Eve Bash at Jannus Live

Jannus Live, Downtown St. Petersburg

8:00pm – 3:00am

This event will feature a one of a kind silent disco where you strap the provided headphones on and dance the night away to live DJ music from DJ Rincon, DJ Msquared, DJ Ku, and Stonerokk.

General Admission: $20 (VIP suites also available)

Get more information for this event here.

Other New Year’s Eve Events around the Bay:

New Years Eve at Busch Garden’s

Return to Prohibition NYE 2013 at Mangroves SoHo

Diamond Soiree NYE 2013 at Club Prana


***Please enjoy yourself, but do it responsibly!

Call a Cab this New Year’s Eve:

Yellow Cab – (813) 253-0121

United Cab – (813) 251-5555

Red Top Cab – (813) 888-5008

Cab Plus – (813) 288-888

AAA and Budweiser also offer a program called Tow to Go that will operate on New Years’ Eve. AAA will tow your car and take you home for free regardless of whether you are a member or not. All you have to do is call 1-800-AAA-HELP or 1-800-222-4357 and a tow truck will pick you up and your car to get you both home safely.

Happy 2013! May it be the luckiest year of your life!

To see what’s happening in celebration of New Year’s 2014, check out our post New Year’s 2014 in Tampa Bay


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